But even better is the
"counter biennial" web site
There is a lot of interesting stuff here, note that most pictures are animated and so you need to click to the larger image to see that actual work. Many are also interactive so try moving and clicking your mouse.
Many children fall in love with dinosaurs and it is a moment of great disappointment when they realize that extinct means "gone forever." But new discoveries reported in The New York Times show clear evidence of a feathered theropod. What could be a better fulfillment of a childhood dream? The dinosaurs didn't disappear, they just grew wings and hid in the trees!
(drawing by; Mick Ellison, American Museum of Natural History)
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2034 -- An interesting year. Consider that it is 35 years in the future. To start with let's look 35 years into the past -- 1963
No PCs, mainframes rule the world. IBM has just announced System/360 and the fastest computer in the world is CDC's 6600, designed by Seymour Cray, and performing 3 million instructions per second! (Who would ever need that much power?) If you wait two years the DEC PDP-8 minicomputer will be available!
No networking. Dial-up communications are 120 Baud. Tape files in formats that you cannot now read. Punch cards are the standard for input. Operating system interface is IBM JCL. (I still have my manuals, but can't find a machine that uses it.) Only two programmers in the world know BASIC, Thomas Kurtz and John Kemeny. Even they are not too sure about it since they won't finish inventing BASIC until 1964.
In brief, a world of computing almost nothing like the present. And a world with which all present organizations (except museums) have abandoned all compatibility.
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COBOL ranks right up there with Ancient Greek and Latin in the category of "dead languages which hardly nobody speaks anymore"
Invented in the late 1950s as a "user friendly" language it flourished as a language for business applications for nearly 25 years, but has been replaced by much more modern languages -- especially objected oriented ones.
COBOL would deserve to be a footnote to a textbook chapter on computer history among with such favorites as Mad, Algol, and Jovial (none of which you ever heard of) except for one thing -- there is still a lot of COBOL code out there in use in business applications.
This code exists because businesses have been too cheap (and IMHO foolishly short sighted) to upgrade their programs. BUT, two factors keep COBOL in demand. 1) There are still many companies who are not ready to bite the multi-million dollar bullet and replace their antique code. They have to keep their COBOL running and that means maintenance programmers. 2) The year 2000 is coming. Since COBOL is old, a lot of the non-compliant code is in COBOL and it pretty much has to be fixed.
As a result experienced COBOL programmers can attract high salaries (because there aren't many of them.) For a 55 year old programmer who is good at COBOL this means that they can finish their their careers making as much as $100k per year.
But COBOL programmers don't get to work on new programming challenges or state of the art systems (because nobody is crazy enough to use COBOL for new system development.)
Take the case of Greek. The last classical Greek was written about 700-900 A.D.(and the bulk of it a thousand years earlier), thus people who know Greek are in demand especially in jobs where the developments of the last 1,300 years are of minor interest. Get the picture?
To build a future rather than a past, take Java.
Who ever took the time? Or did they have a word/phrase-finding
computer program to help them.
An anagram, as we all know, is a word or phrase made by
transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. The following
examples are quite astounding!
Dormitory == Dirty Room
Evangelist == Evil's Agent
Desperation == A Rope Ends It
The Morse Code == Here Come Dots
Slot Machines == Cash Lost in 'em
Animosity == Is No Amity
Mother-in-law == Woman Hitler
Snooze Alarms == Alas! No More Z's
Alec Guinness == Genuine Class
Semolina == Is No Meal
The Public Art Galleries == Large Picture Halls, I Bet
A Decimal Point == I'm a Dot in Place
The Earthquakes == That Queer Shake
Eleven plus two == Twelve plus one
Contradiction == Accord not in it
This one's amazing:
[From Shakespeare's "Hamlet"]
To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in
the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent
hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.
And the grand finale:
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
-- Neil A. Armstrong
A thin man ran; makes a large stride; left planet, pins flag
on moon! On to Mars!
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
If something doesn't feel right, you're not feeling the right thing.
adapted from the Dilbert pages
Said by me, voted into this page by my I503 class.
I discovered that my home page loads commendably fast, that the use of HTML is good and that there are no broken links. Their analysis disliked my spelling, but mostly because of my name, some rather standard abbreviations, and my intentional use of leading edge spelling in things like making website one lower case word. They overated me in terms of counting sites that link to me by counting many of my own self links.
Try it on any website, not just your own. You'll learn something!
15% watched more than 10 hours of TV a week
14% spent more than 10 hours a week studying
(perhaps not the same students)
49% will end their schooling a Masters degree
20% will finish with Ph.D.s
(but only 0.2% want to be college teachers)
41% of the men expect to become engineers
17% of the women expect a career in engineering
(fortunately, no one expects to be a school principal or college administrator)
Reason for Attending College
The most frequent is "get a better job" (84%)
Second is "make more money" (81%)
But third is "learn more about things" (77%)